About the book
This book is intended to make you think, to reconsider your situation here on Earth, to inform and indeed to challenge you regarding how you perceive your own life and death, and that of others.
It is packed full of ideas, concepts, anecdotes, information and research.
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An overview of the chapters
The Introduction tells you about the book and how I came to write it. It also includes one disturbing experience that made me start to think about paranormal and spiritual matters. I should add that in context with being an atheist and existentialist in my beliefs, at the time, the event was a bit of a shocker.
Chapter 1 The Good Life
Sets the scene for the discussion…
Asks what The Good Life is. If we are secure, with all or most of our material needs and ambitions being met, are we living the good life?
There is nothing wrong with wanting the good life and getting it, but could there be anything missing from the matrix we take onboard? This chapter suggests our approach to life may be good but, for a great many of us, incomplete, lacking something…
Chapter 2 Are you ready for this?
The elephant in the room…
Death is something we all face and most of us fear, but ignoring it doesn’t mean it will go away. It is an important part of our lives, a part of a cycle that needs to be better understood.
This chapter raises the serious matter of death and with it a series of life questions, I’d say they are imperative questions. These set things in context and give focus for the book.
Chapter 3 Fringe Benefits
Evidence that more is going on than meets the eye…
This chapter looks at supportive evidence for there being life after death. It explores what we might learn about the matter from so-called fringe disciplines and interests. It draws on the paranormal, near-death experiences, children’s memories of past lives, past life recall and mediumship.
This chapter starts by giving ten powerful reasons why I believe there is more to life than meets the eye and why I believe I will survive death.
Chapter 4 Out of the Garden
How we came about…
What happened around 50,000 years ago?
Is life just a random chance outcome, the product of evolution, a hit or miss affair – or is there a plan, an intelligence operating behind it? Are we human beings any different from the rest of the animal kingdom, and if so in what way are we different? And did something happen, dramatic by evolutionary standards, around 50,000 years ago that made us what we are today?
This chapter looks at the rise of consciousness and considers when this came on and what lies behind this development.
Chapter 5 The Soul Question
What we are is more than human…?
This chapter explores the concept of the soul. Does it exist? What is its nature?
It considers the orthodox Christian understanding of soul being a distortion. It offers an esoteric description instead and discusses its links with karma.
This chapter also includes personal experience, on past lives.
Chapter 6 The Other Side
Evidence for the afterlife…
What is, and where is the Other Side?
This chapter discusses what we know of the Other Side – from people who claim to have been there and returned, or have been told through mediumship.
Chapter 7 Life and Death: Making sense of it
Bringing it all together…
After all we have covered, have we made sense of life and death?
This concluding chapter revisits the arguments and concerns of the book. It returns to the main message of the book, coupling with spiritual urgency. It also proposes how issues raised in the book might be better covered and included in our educational systems.
Appendix: Six Months to Live
We have but a short time. How would you cope and what would you do, if you had 6 months to live…?
Imagine you have been given six months to live. Things are urgent, but it is also a useful chunk of time. What might you do to get your act together and be able to say you made some headway in the time that was left? If you have a clear idea, of what to act on, then great, but if not then I press you to consider applying the stepping stones I provide in this appendix.
|Life and Death Making Sense of It is available in paperback (ISBN: 9780993462610) and ebook versions – Kindle, EPUB (ISBN: 9780993462603) and PDF (ISBN: 9780993462627). The paperback version has 324 pages and includes Contents, Notes & References (at the end of each chapter), a Bibliography and Index. The PDF version includes the same. The other ebook versions include the Contents and a referenced Bibliography. Published by Some Inspiration Publications|